Although dental implants are an amazing solution for individuals who have suffered from tooth loss, there is a potential risk of failure if the procedure is done incorrectly or if the individual does not follow post-care instructions.
Fortunately, the risk of experiencing dental implant failure is very low – only 5 to 6% of people who undergo the procedure suffer from this problem.
As mentioned above, if the procedure is done incorrectly, there’s a high risk that the implants will fail and cause other oral complications. It’s important for individuals who are interested in getting dental implants to make sure the dentist performing the procedure has years of experience. Depending on their unique situation, an individual could suffer from an early dental implant failure or a long-term dental implant failure.
Early dental implant failures usually occur three to four months after the procedure. The most common causes of early failures are autoimmune diseases, which are illnesses that cause the body’s immune system to attack itself instead of other diseases. Some common autoimmune diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, type-1 diabetes, and celiac disease.
Another important factor to consider that could potentially put patients at high risk of early failure is when there isn’t enough recovery time between the insertion of the implant and the placement of the abutment and crown. The original method for installing dental implants would be to install the implant and allow it to fuse with the bone before installing the crown. These steps would be completed in two different sessions. Now dentists offer a one-step procedure where patients can get the crown placed in the same session as the installation. If a dentist doesn’t properly examine the patient’s bone density, there’s a possibility that the force from the abutment and crown could lead to overloading.
Other causes that could interfere with the success of dental implants are certain medications, poor oral hygiene, infections, and allergic reactions.
Long-term dental implant failures can occur as late as ten years after a procedure for many reasons, including an under-engineered procedure, which is when not enough implants are installed to support the missing teeth. Other lifestyle choices or oral issues that could lead to long-term failure include smoking, bruxism (grinding of the teeth), poor oral hygiene, lack of gum tissue, insufficient bone, infections, and mechanical damages. It’s very important to seek out a dentist who has successfully installed numerous implants, otherwise, individuals run the risk of potentially facing oral complications later.
At McBride Dental, one of our goals is to help save our patients’ missing teeth by offering dental implants to help them recover a beautiful, healthy smile. Our lead dentist, Dr. McBride, is the Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry, making him one out of three diplomates practicing in San Diego. He has received advanced training in installing and restoring and has years of experience successfully helping patients regain the beautiful smiles they desire. He even makes sure to recommend proper post-care treatment instructions to ensure no future complications arise. If you are interested in dental implants, call us today to schedule an appointment at 760-471-1003.